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LMK Transition - Parent Letter & Orientation Video

January 2022

Dear LMK Families,

I hope everyone had a safe and festive New Year and holiday season. On behalf of our transition team, I welcome you and your child to the Louis M. Klein Middle School. We will be working with your family during the next few months to ensure a smooth transition to middle school. The grade 5-6 transition program is an ongoing process that has already begun and will continue through the spring and summer, leading to the opening of the 2022-23 school year.  

One of the first opportunities to learn about the middle school will occur at our annual 5th-grade parent orientation. The 5th-grade parent meeting will be on Wednesday, January 27th, at 6:30 PM.  This meeting will occur in a virtual webinar format.  Please use this link found here to register.  This transition meeting will provide insight into the middle school child and an overview of various aspects of our school, including the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. We will also explain the different services available and the student activities at LMK. 

Members of the transition team work with the four elementary schools to provide 5th graders information about our school. Each 5th grader will correspond with a 6th-grade pen pal. Our transition team consists of assistant principals, guidance counselors, supervisors/directors of departments, psychologists, and me. Please know that we are all here to answer any questions about the transition process.  

The middle school program offers students a well-rounded academic, social, and emotional education. Our program uses the framework of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. Students will take English Language Arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and world language. In addition, students take courses in exploratory arts, including physical education, art, information literacy, health, digital design, and technology design.  

New York State sets middle school requirements; therefore, there are limited middle school program choices. Two areas of choice for sixth graders are music and world language.  Information regarding your child’s choices in these areas will be presented at the meeting on January 27th and during the information sessions with the elementary schools. After the January 27th meeting, you will receive an email with a  digital form with detailed information regarding your child’s music and World Language choices. Please be sure you have an active email on file with the district so that you can complete the form.   

I look forward to seeing you at the January 27th orientation meeting.


Scott Fried, Principal
Louis M. Klein Middle School

LMK Transition Team
Assistant Principals: Jennifer Cipolla and Scott Spector
Director of Guidance: Kelly Malczewski
Guidance Counselors: Lisa Cannistraci, Mark DiMondo, Kristin Kearney
School Psychologists: Deanna D’Onofrio, Dr. Amy Price, Dr. Amrita Singh